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- Day 1 - Athens to Mykonos
Very early in the morning, you will be transferred to Rafina Ferry Port for your fast ferry to Mykonos. After arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel; you will then have a full free day to relax and explore the island on your own.
Overnight on Mykonos.
Located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands, thanks to its beaches with crystal-clear water, windmills, charming waterfront buildings, stunning archeological sites and excellent nightlife. Archaeological records here indicate that the Ionians settled Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC; more recent discoveries have uncovered ruins in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic-era Kares tribe dating back to 3,000 BC.
- Day 2 - Free day in Mykonos - (B)
Breakfast provided in the hotel; the day is yours to relax and explore Mykonos Island. Overnight on Mykonos.
- Day 3 - Mykonos to Samos - (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the port and put you on a ferry to Samos Island. After arriving in Samos, youíll check into the hotel. Overnight on Samos
- Day 4 - Samos to Kusadasi (Turkey) - (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the port for your ferry to the resort city of Kusadasi, Turkey. Hos geldiniz! Welcome!
After arriving in Kusadasi, you will be transferred to your hotel. Then, you will have a full free day to relax and explore Kusadasi on your own. Overnight on Kusadasi.
- Day 5 - Kusadasi to Pamukkale - (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will take you on a full day tour of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis and the House of the Virgin Mary
*Ephesus is the best-preserved classical cities from ancient times, and was inhabited by Greeks, Macedonians, Romans and Turks. St. Paul lived here circa 60 AD, when it was at its most populated at 250,000. During your visit, youíll walk its stony boulevards, stand in the grand theatre, marvel at the beauty of the Celsus Library, the agora, as well as the baths, giving you the unique chance to get up-close-and-personal with history by literally being able to walk into it.
*The Temple of Artemis is situated in serene countryside celebrates the Greek goddess Artemis, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, who supplanted the Titan Selene as goddess of the Moon. This temple, known as Artemision in Greek times, was the largest of its kind at the world.
*The House of the Virgin Mary, (Turkish: Meryemana Evi), high on a hill overlooking the town of Selcuk, is where it is believed that St. Mary came to live with St. John the Baptist in the later years of her life. Masses are held here on Sundays.
After the tour, we will depart Kusadasi for a 3-hour scenic drive south to Pamukkale. After arriving in Pamukkale, youíll check into your hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.
- Day 6 - Kusadasi - (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will take you on a full-day tour of Pamukkale and its ancient sister city, Hieropolis.
* Pamukkale ("cotton castle" in Turkish) is the result of limestone formations created over thousands of years. Warm, calcium-rich mineral water from nearby hot springs flowed over these cliffs and, as these waters cooled, they deposited the calcium that we see today.
* Hieropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded as an ancient healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire. Overnight in Kusadasi.
- Day 7 - Kusadasi to Istanbul - (B)
In the morning, we will provide a transfer to the Izmir Airport and put you on a 1-hour flight to Istanbul.
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour, you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Istanbul on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 8 - Istanbul - (B)
Today will be devoted to exploring the historical sites of Istanbul.
Sites you will see:
* Blue Mosque/Sultanahmet Mosque (Camii) built during the reign of Sultan Ahmet I during 1609-1616. It is the only mosque in Turkey with six minarets. Due to its magnificent hand-dyed blue, green and white Iznik tiles it has been named the "Blue Mosque" by Europeans. The central dome is 43 m in height and is 33.4 m in diameter; it also boasts 260 windows.
* Hagia Sophia/Aya Sofya is a truly awe-inspiring, 1,400-year-old Byzantine cathedral which houses mosaics, relics and iron work. Hagia Sophia was, for nearly a thousand years, the largest enclosed space in the world, and is still seen as one of the world's most important architectural monuments. It is one of Turkey's most popular attractions, drawn by the sheer spectacle of its size, architecture, mosaics and art. Built during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD.
* Hippodrome: the backdrop of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life. Of the ornaments which once decorated it, only three remain: The Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
The Obelisk is in the Egyptian style and was erected in 1547 BC and stood 60m tall. The German Fountain is also within the hippodrome area, constructed in Germany to mark German Emperor Wilhelm II's second visit to Istanbul; it was imported and officially opened on January 1 1901. The fountain's three domes are decorated with gold mosaics.
* Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi), the residence and administrative center of the Sultans during the Ottoman Empire, was constructed in 1459-1465 shortly after the establishment of Constantinople. You'll see the Treasury that houses the Topkapi Dagger, the 86-carat Spoon Maker's Diamond, and the jewel-encrusted bones of St. John the Baptist..
Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and given plenty of time to explore and shop. The Bazaar is one of the largest and one of the oldest, covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 4,000 shops, attracting between 250,000 and half a million visitors daily. Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 9 - Istanbul - (B)
This will be a half-day exploring the historical sites of Istanbul.
* The Spice Bazaar/Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) transports you back to the Silk Road days with its mystical aromas of various spices. Here, you'll also find other shops selling fruits, vegetables, teas, flowers, fish, and Turkish Delight (lokum).
* Bosphorus Cruise takes you though the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia; along its shores, you can take photographs of marble palaces and antique wooden Ottoman-era villas that sit beside luxurious modern residences.You will also see Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Ortakoy Mosque.
Overnight in Istanbul.
- Day 10 - Istanbul to Home - (B)
Gule, gule! Farewell! Itís time to go home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, and hope that our paths will cross again soon.
Total cost : __ per person in double ____ for single supplement - contact us for rates and information
* All ferry tickets
* All ferry port transfers
* Centrally-located, distinctive hotels (with breakfasts)
* 1 full day tour - Santorini
* 1 full day tour - Ephesus
* 1 full day tour - Pamukkale
* 1 full day & 1 half-day tour in Istanbul
* Entrance fees, guide(s), lunches and transfers included with the tours
* All taxes and service charges
Want to add other destinations, such as Santorini, Crete, or Cappadocia? Contact us! We can find the schedule to fit any budget and schedule!